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Makes 14

Mark liked cuttlefish croquetas so much that he put it on the menu at Fish House

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Makes about 20

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Serves 4

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Makes about 20-25

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Ingredients to serve 4-6

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Wild duck ramen

Serves 4

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Turkey croquettes

Serves 10

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